The city of Duisburg has plans for a new mobility concept and involves everyone in a large-scale public survey. Duisburg also faces major challenges in terms of mobility. It must be tailored to the needs of the population, but also take into account economic development. Under constantly changing social, technical and economic conditions, a sustainable, city-friendly and needs-oriented mobility offer is being developed.
Planning and managing traffic flows in Duisburg is a central part of smarter mobility for both citizens and the economy. Using networked sensors, cameras and intelligent traffic lights, traffic is analyzed in real time and traffic flow is calculated. Road users can be informed about current traffic conditions, construction sites and traffic jams and are supported in finding a parking space.
Local passenger transport can be significantly optimized due to the varying information about traffic density, location and number of passengers. The Smart City partners will improve both traffic flow and alternative modes of transport, such as support for e-mobility, fuel cells and sharing models. This should lead to higher energy efficiency.
Thinking about a mobility concept in Duisburg did not originate in a quiet office. Experts, political bodies and citizens were involved. As part of an online survey, the first ideas and tips were collected between January 31 and the end of February 2022. In total, more than 2.600 completed questionnaires were completed.
The questionnaires are now being evaluated. The first interim results are expected to be published here in early April 2022. The City of Duisburg has commissioned the PTV Group, IGS and Ifok to put together the mobility concept with the relevant stakeholders.
With a rating of 4,47, cyclists in Duisburg rate their overall satisfaction with the local cycle paths. Duisburg also did not seem serious about making the city bicycle-friendly and was prepared to create the necessary resources and space for this. Cosmetic measures are not enough – clear political decisions are needed for better cycling, more control of car traffic and the establishment of consistent cycle path networks for all age groups. “The low figures were foreseeable,” says Wolfgang Voßkamp, the traffic engineer at the ADFC Duisburg and head of the mobility and traffic working group.